The first class we had was on what to expect from a midwife assistant. This is where we got to see what a typical midwifes bag contained. We learned about labor support and comfort measures.
Midwife assistants are expected to be compassionate, reliable, and not pushy or loud. We are expected to represent the midwife we work for.
This is where we learned a few tricks of the trade like intradermal water blocks (my friend Lisa has done this) to confuse the pain receptors. We also talked about Blue Cohosh to enhance labor, Shepard’s purse to stop bleeding and borage oil to soften the cervix. The most famous thing we learned in that class was the Twatcicle. A Twatcicle is a ice pad with arnica gel applied. It really helps heal the perineum.
We also practiced taking vitals on each other, like blood pressure, heart rate and respiration.
We also spent the majority of the day learning how to sterilize our midwifes equipment and all about sterile field.
My name is Naomi and I am the face of Diamond Doula. I am a mother of two little men, ages 6 and 8 and a step-mother to two beautiful girls, ages 15 and 18.